Unfortunately as statistics reveal most Christians do not agree with that idea - or they have never given any thought to it's truth. And so they do not follow it's wisdom. As one Christian friend who owned a car dealership told Burkett, "Debt-free living makes no sense. Listen, I can finance my cars for 6 percent a year, then turn around and make 12 percent profit when I sell them."
How many of us immediately think similar thoughts when it suggested that we should operate our business and live our personal lives, debt free? That would mean we would have to wait on things that we are wanting to do or have. And as we all readily admit, "patience is not one of our virtues."
Well, as Burkett went on to write: "My friend made a common error many Christians make. When the logic of what we're doing doesn't match up with God's Word, we assume it's a misinterpretation of the Word. A few years later, when interest rates climbed to nearly 22 percent, he began to see that God meant us to take Scripture literally."
Do Biblical principles of business work? Well, if we have the patience that often is required, we will answer: Yes, they do ... over the long run. If you're looking just for quick profits, God's ways may not be for you. But if you desire long-term growth and stability—God's way is the only way. As Jesus said, Matthew 7:24-25, "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock."
All of this is to say, as Burkett says, is: "God is looking for a few good men [and women] whom He can strongly support. Our great disadvantage today is that He doesn't have a lot of talent to work with right now."
Do you believe Biblical principles work in business? How about we let them work in ours—and be a witness to that truth?